The city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece.

The most important remains are the monumental palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C.

One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.

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2 sites in this World Heritage

  • Ancient City and Necropolis of Aegae
  • Bronze Age settlement and Cemetery of Tumuli

Ancient City and Necropolis of Aegae

Bronze Age settlement and Cemetery of Tumuli

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Greece 
Category
Cultural
Name
Archaeological Site of Aigai (modern name Vergina)
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(iii)
Year of Registered
1996
Keyword
Archaeological Remains, Registered in 1996